Monthly Archives: August 2007

Does money make you happy?

For over a generation, social scientists have discussed the ‘Easterlin Paradox’. One version of this is the commonly-held notion that above a certain threshold, GDP is uncorrelated with happiness. This turns out to be wrong. Income, Aging, Health and Wellbeing Around the World: … Continue reading

Posted in From the Frontiers | 7 Comments

Rich Voters, Poor Voters

Over the past few months, Bryan Palmer and I have been debating the merits of using aggregate-level data to learn about individual-level behaviour. He’s been gracious enough to post a comment of mine on his recent tabulations. Bryan also has … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 6 Comments

Torchwood and the Cross

We’ve just finished watching the first season of Torchwood on DVD, which is kinda cheating, since TV viewers are only up to Episode 10. As Dr Who fans, we were suckers for the series from the outset, but I was … Continue reading

Posted in Television | 2 Comments


On 28 September, QUT lecturer Peter Black will be holding an Australian Blogging Conference in Brisbane. Registration is free. Details here. As Peter describes it: This will not be a conference in the traditional sense.  It will be relatively informal.  … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Coming Events

Poor kids first, please

I’ve written before about the way in which research on the benefits of targeted high-impact early childhood intervention has been used to justify low-impact universal programs. Fortunately, it seems I’m not the only one who’s worried about this. From the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 3 Comments

BCA Goes to School

The BCA has a report out today on education, which seems to have received blanket coverage in the AFR. I think it’s splendid to have more people throwing ideas into the policy mix, and the report is appropriately cautious/modest about … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 28 Comments

Questions asked, questions unasked

For anyone curious about the kind of research that Australasian labour economists are doing, some of the papers and discussions from the recent Australasian Labour Econometrics Workshop in Wellington can be found here. There’s only a dozen papers, but I’d … Continue reading

Posted in Economics Generally | 4 Comments